Microsoft are really embraced the spooky season with their Games for Gold offers this October. Starting on October 1st through 31st, you’ll be able to grab the fantastic puzzle slasher, Slayaway Camp: Butchers Cut for free on your Xbox. This is a fantastic little puzzle title that pays homage to movies like Sleepaway Camp and of course Friday the 13th. The studio would go on to make Friday the 13th Killer Puzzle after this game.
Also available from the 1st through 15th is Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy; a 3d puzzle platformer from the original Xbox. Sphinx is not so much a horror game but could provide some potentially child safe spooks for kiddos out there. It’s also a very enjoyable game, even many moons after it’s initial release.
Things get really spooky around the 16th of October, when Maid of Sker releases free on Games for Gold. Maid of Sker is a new first person horror adventure title from Wales Interactive that released this summer on consoles and PC. The game has been pretty well received and from all I’ve seen looks absolutely terrifying. It’s similar in style to games like Amnesia or Outlast, so this should be a good one to get the heart racing for halloween. Maid of Sker is on Games for Gold from October 16th through November 15th.
Finally, if you’re looking for one of the cutest halloween stories ever, Microsoft have you covered with Costume Quest from Double Fine. Again this isn’t necessarily scary, but it captures the feeling of trick or treating, dressing up and all the other awesome things we associate with Halloween. I’ve bought this game on just about every device ever, but if you’ve never played it this is the perfect excuse. Costume Quest is also available to Xbox Live and Game Pass Ultimate holders from October 16th through to Halloween.